NYC mandates vaccine to contain measles outbreak

A nurse prepares the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department recently

Westchester borders Rockland County, where measles cases have been concentrated among members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. If New Yorkers fail to take up the offer, they face $1,000 fines. A state judge sided with the parents and issued a preliminary injunction against the emergency order. NY introduced a mandatory programme and declared a public health emergency this week after 285 confirmed cases of measles...

Mayor Bill de Blasio: The only way to stop this outbreak is to ensure that those who have not been vaccinated get the vaccine.

Since October she has been fighting an uphill battle to quell one of the worst USA measles outbreaks in 20 years.

Meanwhile, the Orange County Health Department said a New York City resident with confirmed measles visited Woodbury Common on March 31.

Since I began my pediatrics practice in 1982, I have vaccinated thousands of children against measles and other life-threatening illnesses, and I am extremely grateful that we had these powerful yet simple weapons of prevention.

New York City and Rockland County are both struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has mainly affected Orthodox Jewish families. "Those who have the vaccination won't have to worry".

Anyone who visited the property outside that timeframe is not at risk from that particular exposure, health officials said. To them, fear of the unknown outweighs fear of a disease that they have never seen in their lifetime. One of the main reasons is an anti-vaccination movement that has spread misinformation around the world.

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As The Washington Post has previously reported, public health experts link the surge to pockets of unvaccinated children nationwide, populations deemed vulnerable in large part because their parents have hesitated or refused to get them immunized.

Measles is highly contagious, infecting up to 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to it, the CDC said. But there's no right to allow your child to infect others with a serious disease. A volunteer at the city's measles hotline said people who called in were being encouraged to get inoculations and report on whether they know people who recently had or now have the measles.

The federal agency says that disease transmission for the recent cases likely originated in countries where measles is more common - throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa and the Philippines - places people commonly visit.

"You will not find rabbis citing Jewish law to say people should not be vaccinated", he said, stressing that his federation, like other Jewish organizations, encourages vaccination.

Despite people's religious or philosophical objections to vaccinations, Latimer said, the science is clear. One of them was Cindy Scher, mother of four children age 7 to 17, all of whom have been vaccinated.

When a case is reported, Kiernan said, public health departments work together to confirm it is measles and then interview the patient to determine where they have traveled while infectious.

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